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TOP DOES THE TEXAS TWO STEP with DELUXE EDITIONS OF FANDANGO! and TRES HOMBRES.
and remastered editions of two ZZ
TOP classics featuring unreleased live tracks are available
from Warner Bros February 28.
little ol' band from Texas" with the big sound, ZZ TOP, makes righteous
blues boogie and down-and-dirty grooves that faithfully abide by the Lone
Star State's "bigger is better" philosophy. Warner Bros Records
messes with Texas' musical ambassadors to the world and gets a double-barrel
blast of ZZ TOP's best with remastered and expanded versions of the trio's
back-to-back platinum albums TRES HOMBRES and FANDANGO! Both albums are available
deluxe editions of TRES HOMBRES and FANDANGO! feature remastered versions
of the original recordings from the ORIGINAL master tapes plus previously
unreleased live tracks recorded in the early '70s. Both albums were remastered
by the legendary Bob Ludwig from the original analog tapes.
Billy F Gibbons, bassist Dusty Hill and drummer Frank Beard hit their funky
stride in 1973 with the trio's third album, TRES HOMBRES. Filled with roadhouse
anthems steeped in deep blues, the band's first Top 10 album was powered
by the hit single "La Grange" - the breakthrough hit that was
an ode to the establishment that would later be the inspiration for the
musical "The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas." The album also
features the irresistible rhythms and hoodoo guitar tones of "Jesus
Just Left Chicago," "Waitin' for the Bus" and "Beer
Drinkers & Hell Raisers." The deluxe edition of TRES HOMBRES includes
never before released live versions of "Waiting for the Bus,"
"Jesus Just Left Chicago" and "La Grange."
a triumphant tour for TRES HOMBRES, ZZ TOP returned in 1975 with FANDANGO!,
an album that featured live performances on one side and studio recordings
on the other. The live tracks, the only legitimately available live recordings
of ZZ TOP for the past 30 years, captures the band brilliantly as they steamrolled
through "Jailhouse Rock," "Thunderbird" and "Backdoor
Medley," a nine-minute-plus romp that weaves ZZ TOP originals together
with Willie Dixon's "Mellow Down Easy." The studio tracks are some
of the band's best including "Heard It on the X," "Nasty Dogs
and Funky Kings" and "Tush," the band's massive second hit
single that is still a favorite of concert goers today. The deluxe edition
of FANDANGO! includes never before released live versions of "Heard It
On the X," "Jailhouse Rock" and "Tush."
in 1969 and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, the original
Gibbons-Hill-Beard trio has remained unchanged through more than three decades,
15 studio albums, millions of albums sold and countless miles together on
the tour bus. "It's the same three guys, playing the same three chords
for more than three decades," Gibbons quips. A musical icon, ZZ TOP is
instantly recognizable for its authentic blues rock and wry sense of humor
as well as Gibbons' and Hill's chest-length beards. Frank Beard, paradoxically,
is clean shaven.
(Expanded & Remastered)
"Waitin' for the Bus"
2. "Jesus Just Left Chicago"
3. "Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers"
4. "Master Of Sparks"
5. "Hot, Blue And Righteous"
6. "Move Me On Down The Line"
7. "Precious And Grace"
8. "La Grange"
10. "Have You Heard?"
11. "Waitin' For The Bus" (Live*)
12. "Jesus Just Left Chicago" (Live*)
13. "La Grange" (Live*)
(Expanded & Remastered)
2. "Jailhouse Rock"
3. Backdoor Medley
a. "Backdoor Love Affair"
b. "Mellow Down Easy"
c. "Backdoor Love Affair No. 2"
d. "Long Distance Boogie"
4. "Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings"
5. "Blue Jean Blues"
7. "Mexican Blackbird"
8. "Heard It On the X"
10. "Heard It On the X" (Live*)
11. "Jailhouse Rock" (Live*)
12. "Tush" (Live*)